2012 Holiday Gift Guide
|The GoalZero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit is a USB Solar Charging station designed to keep your phone, tablet and flash batteries juiced throughout the day.|
Sometimes outdoor shoots can last all day, but the average battery can't. Your smartphone, tablet and flash AAs will be hurting halfway into the day. The GoalZero 10 Plus Adventure kit is a green alternative to buying battery extenders and additional batteries.
The GoalZero Guide 10 Plus Adventure kit consists of the Nomad Solar Panel, a 17 x 9 x 0.1 inch (43 x 23 x 0.25 cm) (when unfolded) tri-fold portfolio equipped with two solar panels. The mono-crystalline solar panels are capable of producing 7 watts of power each. Devices can be plugged into the USB solar hub to charge them as you play in the sun and the panels can deliver enough juice to fully charge the included AA battery pack in 3-4 hours. This battery pack holds four rechargeable AA or AAA batteries - common in devices like flashes or wireless transmitters. 4x AA batteries are included with the kit.
A zippered pouch is available for storing cables and other small items, and the GoalZero 10 Plus kit also includes a built-in LED flashlight.
- Recharge your batteries and peripheral devices using the sun
- Small and compact enough to carry anywhere
- Handy built-in LED flashlight to help you search in your dark backpack or purse
- AA rechargeable batteries included
What we like - Juice throughout the day, courtesy of the sun
What we don't like - This isn't a fast-charger, and you'll need to find a suitable place to set the kit up for a few hours.
|Adobe's Creative Suite comprises a large number of programs from specialist web development and design tools to the latest versions of Photoshop and Lightroom.|
If you're shopping for a photography student this holiday season, or someone who's new to digital imaging, the latest version of Photoshop Elements - Elements 11 - would make a great gift. Aimed at novice users, Elements isn't part of Adobe's Creative Suite and at $99 it's one of the most affordable programs of its kind, but packed with features nonetheless. Elements started out as a very limited, extremely cut-down piece of software, but it has since evolved into a powerful image manipulation and organizing platform, available for Windows and Mac.
Photoshop Lightroom 4 is aimed at enthusiasts and professionals that need to edit and organise large numbers of Raw images quickly (although you can also work on JPEGs and there's limited support for video editing, too). A powerful organization and editing tool, at its heart is the same raw demosaicing algorithm that powers Adobe's Camera Raw plugin in Photoshop. Compared to 'full strength' Photoshop though, Lightroom is intended to satisfy photographers who need to do a small number of things, but fast and frequently. At $149, it's great value. Click here to read our review.
Another option, if the photographer in your life is an imaging professional, is Adobe Creative Cloud. Creative Cloud is a membership program offered by Adobe that offers users instant downloads of any Adobe CS software as soon as they become available in any available language. Members also get access to the Creative Cloud website, which serves as a hub where you can explore, create, publish, and share your work. Online storage of 20GB will let you share and sync your pictures wherever you are in the world.
Existing CS customers qualify for Creative Cloud membership at a reduced price of up for $30 per month (for the first year), but if you or your loved one is new to the suite, you'll be looking at $50 per month, which works out at $600 per year. A serious chunk of change, but of course far less expensive than paying for the programs (and their eventual upgrades) separately.
What we like - Elements is great for beginners, Lightroom is quick, powerful and great value for enthusiasts, and Creative Cloud puts every CS program and future update in any language right at your fingertips (but at a cost).
What we don't like - We wish Elements worked a little more like Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom, to ease the transition for upgraders, and we wish there was a cheaper version of Creative Cloud covering only Adobe's more photo-centric programs (do you really need Flash Builder?)
|The Canon Pixma Pro-10 inkjet printer uses 10 individual inks and prints 4800 DPI on up to 13" x 19" media.|
Arguably, after camera and lenses, your next purchase should be a high quality printer to reproduce your digital photographs. There are plenty of printers out there, but the one we've selected here is the Canon Pixma Pro-10, a professional inkjet model that replaces the highly acclaimed Pixma Pro9500 Mark II.
The Pixma Pro-10 features Canon's newest Optimum Image Generating (OIG) System, which is found in the more expensive Pixma Pro-1. This system helps determine what ink combinations are best for the type of paper used, as well as the balancing of color reproduction, tonal gradations, and uniform glossiness. The Pixma Pro-10 uses 10 individual inks with three of them devoted to true monochrome prints.
Speed has also been enhanced on the new Pixma Pro-10, as the printer can churn out an 11 x 14 in (27.94 x 35.56cm) print in 5 minutes and 20 seconds, compared to the Pixma Pro9500's 7 minute and 55 second time. The Pixma Pro-10 can handle borderless prints on up to 13 x 19 inch (33.02 x 48.26cm) paper, prints at 4800 DPI and even supports WiFi and mobile device printing. It has high-speed USB and is PictBridge and AirPrint compatible.
If $700 is too much, Canon also makes the excellent Pixma Pro-100, which features dye-based inks at a lower pricepoint of around $500. Also consider Epson's Stylus Photo R2880, which like the Pixma Pro-10 features three monochrome inks and gives excellent results for a street price of around $550.
- Print on media up to 13 x 19in (33.02 x 48.26cm)
- Maximum 4800 DPI
- 10 individual 'Lucia' ink cartridges, including three monochrome inks
- Built-in WiFi
What we like - Faster than predecessors, WiFi enabled, equipped with latest OIG system
What we don't like - Pricey (but you get what you pay for) and high running cost - 10 individual ink cartridges can get very expensive over time...
|The Western Digital My Book Studio USB 3.0 external hard drive offers up to three times faster connectivity than its USB 2.0 predecessor.|
RAW and HD video files are large and can eat up your computer's native hard drive storage capacity before you know it. An external hard drive is an essential tool for any avid digital photographer. The great thing about shopping for external hard drives is that units are getting faster all the time, and offering more and more storage for less and less cost. I remember dropping $300 on a 300GB hard drive back in 2002 that I had to assemble and configure myself...
The Western Digital MyBook Studio USB 3 external hard drive family is a prime example of the progress in consumer-level storage technology. For $190, you can pick up the 2TB MyBook Studio with a new high-speed USB 3.0 interface. For many of us, that's enough capacity for a years' shooting at least. Western Digital also offers the MyBook Studio USB 3.0 in 3TB and 4TB iterations for MSRPs of $240 and $300, respectively, and if you just don't need the space, there's a 1TB version for $160. If you shop around though, you can find all of them for less than their recommended retail price.
In addition to offering three times faster data transfer speeds than older USB 2.0 drives, the alumiunium-encased Western Digital MyBook Studio USB 3.0 can be password protected, and can be used with Windows or Mac Computers (the drive is formatted for Mac by default), and supports Apple's Time Machine automatic backup technology.
If you need storage on the move, we recommend you check out LaCie's Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series mobile hard drive. This portable drive measures a mere 89 x 140 x 24 mm / 3.5 x 5.5 x 0.97 inches and comes in two SSD versions (120GB and 256GB), as well as a standard 1TB 'spinning disk' variant. The LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt series offers a high-speed Thunderbolt connection for use with Apple's newest computers, in addition to USB 3.0, which are both capable of achieving up to 385MB/s file transfer speeds. I own the 500GB FireWire 800/USB 3.0 - also a member of LaCie's Rugged family - and have been very impressed by its ability to handle rough handling. In theory, the solid state drive of the newer model should be even tougher.
- Available in capacities up to 4TB
- USB 3.0 interface
- Heat dissipating aluminum enclosure
- Compatible with Apple Time Machine
- Mac ready, but can be Windows formatted
- Password protection
What we like: - Lightning fast, tons of storage, Mac-friendly but will also play with Windows, password protected, great value (especially if you shop around)
What we don't like: - 3-year warranty is great, but it's limited
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LEE has released a new series of Reverse ND filters that are most opaque in the middle and become progressively clearer towards the top. This makes them ideal for capturing scenes where the sun is close to the horizon.
A former New York Times photographer is suing both the newspaper and its photography director Michele McNally for over $500,000 for age discrimination and unfair classification as a freelancer for nearly a decade.
"CPS Platinum members will now enjoy next-day service, with equipment serviced and shipped the business day after an estimate is approved. For repairs that will take longer, Canon will offer next-day loaner equipment."
Irix is introducing a new filter system called the Irix Edge 100. The ultra-light, ultra-thin system is build specifically for wide angle lenses like Irix's own 15mm F2.4.
After conducting a series of safety tests, the FAA is recommending that all airlines ban cameras and other electronics with Lithium Ion batteries from checked baggage. The agency believe the risk of a catastrophic fire and explosion is too great.
The Pixentu jackets keep you and your gear warm and dry, offering useful features like lens and tripod pockets, in addition to some quirky ones like an extended hood to protect your camera from the rain.
Adobe gave the audience at MAX a sneak peek at some exciting new technology its developing. It's called Adobe Cloak: a highly capable Content Aware Fill-like feature for video editors.
Earlier today, Flickr moved its photo book printing service over to a third party services, and stopped offering any wall art options entirely.
The patent details a flipping rear LCD screen so large, Canon has had to hide the rear dial and several buttons underneath.
We've added a selection of extra images to our Nikon D850 gallery. As part of the process of rounding off the review we made sure a number of us had shot the camera in a variety of situations, we've added those shots to the gallery to give a broad cross section of how the camera performs.
Wiral LITE is an affordable, easy-to-use cable cam system that can do things a portable slider simply can't do, and go places no slider would dare go.
Not happy with the recent demise of Lightroom as a stand-alone, subscription free service? Macphun's got your back... or they will in 2018.
Once connected to a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone, Pholio automatically searches through the device storage and backs up all images and videos—complete with auto-tagging and intelligent search capabilities.
The 360 Round uses eight horizontally positioned camera pairs and one upward-pointing single lens to capture and livestream panoramic 4K 3D content.
Introduced just three years ago, the Samsung NX1 was both a technological tour-de-force and a great camera to use, earning one of the highest scores we've ever awarded and winning our 2015 Innovation Award. But its short-lived run in the photo world leaves us wondering what could have been.
The Fujifilm X-E3 is styled like a classic rangefinder, but features a built-in touchscreen, AF joystick, and electronic viewfinder – truly an old school meets new type of camera. Lay some eyes on our sample gallery to see how it performs in the real world.
Like it or not, Adobe is embracing a cloud-centric, AI-rich future with the introduction of Lightroom CC. And that's a great thing, though you may not see it now, argues Rishi Sanyal.
The announcement of a more cloud-integrated Lightroom product sees the death of the company's standalone version. This need to make payments in perpetuity (whether you choose Lightroom Classic or CC), chips away at the idea that your Lightroom library is a long-term solution, argues Richard Butler.
The XPro-C 2.4GHz wireless flash trigger that Godox released for Canon users last month now has a Nikon equivalent—the aptly named XPro-N. Sony, Fujifilm and MFT versions are in the works.
In the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, camera and lens maker Sigma is extending its standard product warranty to cover damage caused by these three natural disasters.
The F4 Plus can can capture 360° stills, videos and broadcast livestream footage at 8K resolution... that's 7680 x 3840 pixels!
Lightroom is hogging the spotlight at Adobe MAX, but Photoshop CC got some substantial improvements as well. Find out what's new in the latest version of Photoshop CC.
The aptly-named 'Nude' app automatically detects NSFW images on your iPhone, moves them to a protected vault and deletes the original files in the camera roll and on iCloud.
The Zeiss Milvus family of manual-focus full-frame lenses just gained a new member. Meet the Zeiss Milvus 24mm F1.4: a fast, rugged new lens designed primarily for landscape and architecture photography.
Lightroom has built a brand new Lightroom CC from the ground up to be faster, easier to use, and cloud-based. The application formerly known as Lightroom CC will continue to exist, and will go by "Lightroom Classic CC."
Google Research did a deep dive on the Pixel 2 smartphone's background-blurring portrait mode that uses neural networking and dual-pixel technology instead of a dual-camera setup.
With the arrival of the PowerShot G1 X III, there are now seven Canon cameras built around the 24MP Dual Pixel sensor and Digic 7 processor. We take a look at the differences and what might prompt you to choose one over the others.
Meet the HP ZBook x2. The so-called 'world's most powerful and first detachable PC workstation,' it was built with creative professionals in mind, and is being debuted at Adobe MAX.
PDN sat down with Ahmed Fakhr, director of photography at RollingStone.com, to talk about how the famed publication is adapting to the changing photo and video needs of the modern era and how he 'evaluates the skills of potential contributors.'
Kudos to Canon. Earlier today, the camera giant announced that it had produced its 90 millionth EOS camera and 130 millionth EF-series lens.